To begin, choose the population group, historically misrepresented in US media and the media content you will examine for your research. Population groups with recurring patterns of media misrepresentation include: people of Latino ancestry, people of African ancestry, people of Asian ancestry, people of Middle Eastern ancestry, indigenous American people, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people.
Step 1: Pick a marginalized group that you feel is not represented well in media
Step 2: Go to the library database and see what others have said about this
Step 3: Read three scholarly articles and take detailed notes
Step 4: Construct a literature review that discusses the argument and strength and weaknesses of each article (see attached hyperlink) (Your lit review and intro should be about 4 pages)
Step 5: Construct an introduction that tells me which group you are going to discuss, what the issue is, why it is important, and what you would like to see happen
Step 6: Double check your bibliography. This should be in APA style.
Step 7: Proof-read twice
Media Representation Research Project Goals
These are the goals of the Media Representation Research Project.
- Think critically, creatively, and independently for all project work, including the proposal, literature review, outline, and presentation.
- Apply principles of the First Amendment right to freedom of expression and UDHR Article 19 (Human Right to send and receive information) to problem analysis.
- Apply communications theory to help explain media problem, practice, content analysis, audience response, and problem solution strategies.
- Use professional ethical principles and work ethic to propose solutions strategies, which include truth, accuracy, fairness, and respect for diversity.
- Use appropriate communications research methods, qualitative or quantitative, to conduct project research and evaluate information.
- Write results for your research project presentation in correct, clear forms and styles appropriate for communications research.
- Complete bibliography citations in APA Style.
- Build research and online presentation skills.
Introduction, Literature Review, and Bibliography
The first stage of the research project is to complete and submit a Research Project Introduction and Literature Review with Bibliography, in the form of a document, which includes the following elements:
- Research question
- Media representation group and media content examined
- Relevant communications theory. Discuss the communications theory or ethical principle you will use to explain or guide your enquiry and analysis.
Literature Review and Bibliography
Complete a literature review and bibliography. Submit analyses for three peer reviewed research scholarship resources.
You will select, read and write about three different academic resources. Read and analyze other scholars’ published peer reviewed research literature related to your research question, media representation area, related media effects, or applied theory.
Write a literature review, that includes a page of detailed analysis for each of the three authors’ work. Describe in detail and discuss the authors’ research results and meaning, relevant to your research.
Journalism and web resources properly cited may be used in the online presentation but not in your literature review.
Always include a complete bibliography, which lists each resource in APA style.
A good site for peer-reviewed scholarship research is on PSU Library homepage. Navigate to Databases by Title A-Z, and choose “Communications and Mass Media Complete.” Select “scholarly (peer reviewed) journals only” and “full text only.” Relevant books or book chapters are also good for the Literature Review.